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Frequent RLC visitor Jim Armfield shares his memory of researching his term paper here in 1973. These are some of the books he used in his paper.

In commemoration of Rancho Los Cerritos’ 175th Anniversary year throughout 2019, the blog will be featuring a series of stories as submitted by our followers and fans – “back in the day,” historic, nostalgic, and other tales – highlighting fun facts, personal perspectives, and other viewpoints from staff, volunteers, and visitors alike. Enjoy! Jim Armfield[…]

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Drawing on diaries, letters, publications and biographies, actor/writer Amy Simon’s one-woman show, She’s History!, tells the stories of women in history. Simon brings to life Susan B. Anthony, Sojourner Truth, Eleanor Roosevelt, and Bella Abzug, among others, employing humor and pathos in equal measure. Simon said it was her own experience as a mother that[…]

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If you’ve been wondering why the year 1844 is being bandied about lately over here at Rancho Los Cerritos, then you haven’t heard the big news yet. But we will get to that soon enough. In the first in a series of blog posts, RLC will feature “back in the day,” historic, nostalgic, and other[…]

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As Rancho Los Cerritos enters its 175th year, we are collecting memories from visitors. Long Beach resident and retired teacher Carol Clark shares remembrances, and these photos, of her first visit to the Rancho. Email your Rancho memory to rancho@rancholoscerritos.org to be featured on our blog.  “My family moved to California in 1966 when I[…]

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Completed courtyard October 1931

The Bixby family owned and operated Rancho Los Cerritos as a sheep ranch, starting in 1866. Sheep raising continued until at least 1886, but as the ranch business was evolving additional portions of the land were gradually sold off. Llewellyn Bixby, Sr. purchased the then deteriorating Rancho Los Cerritos adobe and surrounding 4.74 acres from[…]

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